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At the begnning of "Thumbprint,"how does the speaker describe her thumbprint?Why is her thumbprint so important to her?

Thumbprint by Eve Merriam

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Check out the first stanza,

"On the pad of my thumb

are whorls. whirls, wheels

in a unique design:

mine alone."

This individuality is important to the speaker. In a world where conformity is thrust upon us, the speaker celebrates herself.